Thursday night will see Max Kranick get his second rehab start for Indianapolis. He is scheduled for three innings of work tonight. Luis Ortiz makes his fourth start tonight. He has a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings, with 15 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Game Time: 7:38 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Max Kranick (0-1, 10.80)
- Final Line: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
Hoy Park 0-for-4
Oneil Cruz 1-for-3, BB
Rodolfo Castro 0-for-3, BB
Mason Martin 1-for-4, HR, RBI
Cal Mitchell 0-for-3, BB
Canaan Smith-Njigba 1-for-4
Travis Swaggerty 0-for-4
Max Kranick was scheduled to go three innings on Thursday night and he did a strong job, needing 37 pitches (22 strikes) to get through his night. He allowed on unearned run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two batters. He was replaced by Hunter Stratton in the fourth, and he went 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on no hits and four walks. Both runners scored off of reliever Nathan Kirby, who gave up two runs (one earned) over 2.2 innings. Austin Brice gave up two runs in his only inning. Indianapolis lost 7-3. Mason Martin hit a solo homer, his fourth of the season. That was the only extra-base hit for the Indians. Taylor Davis had two hits and an RBI. Travis Swaggerty is down to a .173 average and a .533 OPS after going hitless, with three strikeouts.
DOUBLE-A: ALTOONA CURVE
Game Time: 6:35 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Luis Ortiz (1-0, 3.75)
- Final Line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
Jared Triolo 1-for-3, 3 BB, SB
Liover Peguero 4-for-5, 2 2B, HR, RBI, SB
Lolo Sanchez 2-for-3, RBI, 2 BB
Connor Scott 1-for-4, 2B, BB
Matt Fraizer 2-for-5, RBI
Luis Ortiz didn’t have his best stuff on Thursday, and there was a costly error behind him, but there was a silver lining to his start. He had no earned runs in 3.2 innings and struck out six batters. He now has a 2.87 ERA in 15.2 innings, with 21 strikeouts. Will Kobos went 1.1 scoreless, the Bear Bellomy came in and had a rough night, allowing runs runs (three earned) while recording just one out. In 1.2 innings, Enmanuel Mejia allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Tahnaj Thomas threw a scoreless eighth on two walks and two strikeouts, as Altoona lost 9-8.
The Curve had a 7-3 lead at one point in this game. Aaron Shackelford got the scoring started with a three-run homer in the first inning, his third homer of the year. A Curve run scored in the fourth inning on a wild pitch. In the fifth, Liover Peguero hit his third home run. Andres Alvarez picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly, then Matt Fraizer brought in the seventh run with a single. Lolo Sanchez brought in the final run on an eighth inning single. He reached base four times on two hits and two walks. Peguero had four hits, including two doubles, which gives him nine doubles on the season. He’s now hitting .359 with a 1.020 OPS. Connor Scott hit his fourth double. Jared Triolo reached base four times on three walks and a single.
HIGH-A: GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
Game Time: 7:00 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Santiago Florez (0-0, 9.39)
- Final Line: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Endy Rodriguez 1-for-4, 2B
Matt Gorski 0-for-4
Henry Davis 0-for-3, BB
Abrahan Gutierrez 1-for-3, BB
Hudson Head 0-for-3, BB
Maikol Escotto 1-for-4
Daiel Lopez 1-for-3
Greensboro had a forgettable night in which their pitchers allowed 11 runs and their hitters had 16 strikeouts and they went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Santiago Florez allowed six earned runs in his 3.1 innings, watching his ERA go up to 11.45 on the season. Wandi Montout allowed three runs in his 2.2 innings. Oliver Mateo had a scoreless frame, working around two runners, then Ricky DeVito allowed two runs in the eighth. Despite the bad all around night, Yoyner Fajardo had a nice game with two hits and two stolen bases. He’s batting .333 this year. Abrahan Gutierrez also reached base twice, collecting a single and a walk. Endy Rodriguez hit his fifth double, the only extra-base hit for the Grasshoppers.
LOW-A: BRADENTON MARAUDERS
Game Time: 6:30 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Valentin Linarez (0-2, 15.43)
- Final Line: 4 .2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Tsung-Che Cheng 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB
Jase Bowen 1-for-5, 2B
Rodolfo Nolasco 0-for-5
Juan Jerez 0-for-4, BB
Sergio Campana 1-for-5
Bradenton won 3-2 in 11 innings on a two-run walk-off homer by Brenden Dixon. The Marauders got some great pitching on this night, starting with Valentin Linarez, who had a 15.43 ERA coming into the day. He allowed one run over 4.2 innings and struck out five batters. Christian Charle tossed 3.1 shutout frames, then Wilkin Ramos followed with two shutout innings and four strikeouts. He had thrown 12.2 innings this year without an earned run. Yunior Thibo pitched the 11th and allowed an unearned run (the man on second to start the inning), but he picked up the win. The Marauders didn’t have much offense on this night until Dixon’s homer. Tsung-Che Cheng drove in the only other run in the fifth inning with his fourth double. He also had a single and a walk. Jase Bowen hit his second double. Sergio Campana had his third double. Geovanny Planchart walked three times.
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